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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 March 1926Paris, France
Birth NameRobert Max Widerman
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in France, Robert Clary early suffered the pangs of war, being interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. After WWII he became a singing star in France, and in 1949 came to the United States to promote his career. He appeared on The Ed Wynn Show (1949); still learning English he performed in a French language comedy skit. His comedic skills were recognized by Broadway, where he appeared in several revues, including one which moved from theater to film, New Faces (1954). In the 1950's he was a game show regular, and then in 1965 he became Corporal Louis LeBeau in Hogan's Heroes (1965). Later film roles were based around WWII, such as Remembrance of Love (1982) about Holocaust survivors. More recently he returned to television series, joining Days of Our Lives (1965) and appearing in The Young and the Restless (1973).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Spouse (1)

Natalie Cantor Metzger (1965 - 1997) (her death)

Trivia (15)

Son-in-law of Eddie Cantor and Ida Tobias Cantor.
Has a tattoo on his left forearm, "A5714," from his time in a German concentration camp during WWII.
Was the youngest of 14 children; most of whom died in the Nazi concentration camps.
Began singing professionally at the age of 12.
He moved to the US in 1949 and found work in nightclubs, then made a name for himself in the Broadway show "New Faces of 1952."
Best remembered by the public for his role as "Corporal Louis LeBeau" in the television series Hogan's Heroes (1965).
Was good friends with Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes (1965)), even after the show had been canceled, and until Werner's death.
During most of the filming of the first season of Hogan's Heroes (1965), Robert became frustrated with the smallness of the part he was playing. At one point, he wanted to leave the show altogether, but something a director said to him made change his mind.
Clary, having been in a concentration camp, has a tattoo on his arm.
Clary and Larry Hovis (Andrew Carter on Hogan's Heroes (1965), former singer) would sing together between shots.
After the death of cast mate Richard Dawson in 2012, Clary is the only surviving complete series cast member of Hogan's Heroes (1965), only final season regular Kenneth Washington is still alive as of 2013.
Retired from acting and gives lectures about the Holocaust. [December 2001]
Is friends with Robert Conrad.
Even though he spent time in German Concentration Camps and lost many family members during World War II, and even though he lectures about the Holocaust, many people who have seen him on stage or screen are not aware that Clary is Jewish.

Personal Quotes (1)

Summing up his Holocaust experiences: "The whole experience was a complete nightmare, the way they treated us, what we had to do to survive. We were less than animals. Sometimes I dream about those days. I wake up in a sweat terrified for fear I'm about to be sent away to a concentration camp. But I don't hold a grudge because that's a great waste of time. Yes, there's something dark in the human soul. For the most part human beings are not very nice. That's why when you find those who are, you cherish them."

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